SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL! Our new and improved Sunday School has just begun! Please bring the kiddoes (age 4-10) over to the Parish House a few minutes before worship, and make it a life-giving, formative habit for your young’uns! And, for kids under the age of 4, our Nursery will be open and staffed each week. Have parent friends who might like to try it out? Ask them to join you and see for themselves!
A SPECIAL WELCOME TO AND PRAYER FOR OUR NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR, SARA PIAZZA! Many of you may already know Sara, popular island musician and teacher, and we are delighted she has chosen to be a member of our staff. You might see her at coffee hour, so introduce yourself, and welcome her in!
OUR NURSERY IS OPENevery Sunday during our 10:00 worship. Feel free to bring your children (up through age 5) over to the Parish House at the beginning of worship—we’ll bring them back in time to celebrate the Great Thanksgiving together as one big family.
ISLAND-WIDE YOUTH CONTINUES HERE AT ST ANDREW’S! Now beginning its second year, The Net, an ecumenical, Christian faith-based youth group, began Sunday, September 13 and will meet weekly from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. Open to middle- and high-school students, this year promises to be even better than the last, with mission and ski trips, outreach and service trips and programs, and even pizza and bowling, among the planned activities! Know any middle or high school students looking for a cool gang to hang with and have some fun? Let them know! THE NET WILL MEET AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER 6, and then at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury (December through February), and finish at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Oak Bluffs (March through May).
GOD IS REVEALED IN SCRIPTURE—and you can experience incredible grace by joining us Tuesday mornings for our 8:22 am Bible Study! Go ahead—give it a try—it’s painless and joyful! We’re over in the Parish House. And if you’re able to get to Morning Prayer at 8:00, well, your day will simply sparkle! PLEASE NOTE: there will be no Morning Prayer on Tuesday, September 29, and no Bible Study on Tuesday, September 29.
THE ANNUAL, ISLAND-WIDE, ECUMENICAL CROP WALK FOR HUNGER is scheduled this year for Sunday, October 18, and we’d love it if you’d walk with us! PLEASE sign up to walk on the list in the Parish Hall, see Heather Anne for details, and put it on your calendar. AND—if you’d like to help the cause by donating something, please sign up on that very same list. A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS EACH YEAR GOES TO THE ISLAND FOOD PANTRY—so please be generous!
OUR HOSPITALITY HOMES MINISTRY,working with folks from other faith communities on the island to provide shelter for the unhoused during the winter of 2016, is really catching on! If you are considering being a volunteer for housing our island’s unhoused during the winter—or just want to know more about it—PLEASE ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR VOLUNTEER LIST WHICH YOU MAY FIND ONE AT THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH, OR IN THE PARISH HALL. We need 100 names (from all the faith communities on the Island) in order to make this program run, so don’t delay!
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW ALTERNATIVE SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE!It’s EASY to remember: FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAYS, we’ll be offering something completely new and different for worship at 4:00 pm here at your favorite church. On the FIRST Sunday each month, we’ll be joined by Sara Piazza on guitar, and on the THIRD Sunday, we’ll be blessed by the talents of Joanne Cassidy on vocals, and Wes Nagy on keyboards. Each service will have a different liturgy and feel—so come on out and try both—and bring a friend or two!
EVER CONSIDERED SINGING IN THE CHOIR? COME TRY US OUT! Our Thursday rehearsals from 5:00 to 6:30 pm are OPEN TO EVERYONE to see if they’d like to give choir a go.
JUST GIVE US A TRY—YOU’LL LOVE YOUR TIME SINGING WITH US! No experience necessary, but you should be able to carry a tune…
EVER THOUGHT ABOUT ATTENDING DIOCESAN CONVENTION AS A DELEGATE? THIS COULD BE YOUR CHANCE! Currently we have one opening for a substitute delegate to travel with Father Chip to the Cathedral in Boston on Friday, November 10, and attend the convention on Saturday, November 11. Hotel and expenses paid—please see Father Chip for details.
EVER TAKE PART IN A TIME AND TALENT AUCTION? WELL HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!On Saturday, November 7 at 4:00 pm, we’ll gather for some wine, cheese and heavy h’ors doeuvres, and then bid on some amazing things—to benefit The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Together Now Campaign. St Andrew’s Church NEEDS YOUR HELP AND PARTICIPATION to pay the balance of our pledge—currently about $9,000—so join us and have some fun! PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION LETTER AND SIGN UP SHEETS IN THE PARISH HALL AND SIGN UP TODAY!
MONTHLY MENS BREAKFAST MEETINGS begin again on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24—and will continue on the THIRD SATURDAY monthly thereafter. Come hungry and bring a friend or two! 8:00 am in the Parish Hall…
WHAT ARE EPISCOPAL CHURCHES ALL ABOUT? From the Episcopal Church USA website: “We recognize with gratitude that the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990, have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and dioceses around the world a practical and memorable ‘checklist’ for mission activities”:
The Five Marks of Mission
The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ
† To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
† To teach, baptize and nurture new believers;
† To respond to human need by loving service;
† To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; and
† To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
“The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.”
Wardens: Bonnie Deitz and Chris White
Treasurer: Wesley Brown
Parish Clerk: Sandy Mott
Members at Large:
Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel, Hans von Steiger and Carl Malmquist